2013 Ritchie Christmas December 2013 (14 of 60)Kathryn (B.S. from Moody Bible Institute, M.A. in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary, M.A. in New Testament Theology from Knox Theological Seminary, and has finished one year of law school) grew up in the Midwest, although she spent some time living with her family in Moscow, Russia where they cared for orphans. She moved to Washington, DC in 2002, where she worked until 2005 as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02). She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2005 where Kathryn served as Director of Women’s Ministries at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and an associate in the department of Pastoral Care.  In 2010 she and her husband moved to Texas are learning how to be good Texans (so far she drives a truck and has at least tried on a cowgirl hat).

She is a graduate of the pilot program of Statesmanship Institute (sponsored by D. James’ Kennedy’s Center for Christian Statesmanship in DC), and the 2004 pilot program of “Centurions” (100 people across the nation trained in a program established and led by Chuck Colson designed to equip individuals to engage their culture with a Christian worldview). She was a member of the Capitol Hill Toastmasters club (winning several levels of Inspirational and Humorous speech awards). She has a heart for equipping young people with God’s truths. At conferences, campuses, and churches around the country Kathryn has given her personal testimony of the joy in yielding to the Lord through times of suffering and coming to more fully know Him as our Savior and Protector. She also speaks being a woman of hope, identity in Christ, God’s restoring grace, and the power and potential of making wise decisions with one’s youth.

Kathryn, and her fairy tale prince Nicholas, have a toddler knight and an infant sugar plum fairy.  Her favorite thing is spending time with them, but she also loves pink coffee from Starbucks (coffee with raspberry flavor and milk makes it pink), theology, traveling, speaking at conferences, interior design, and encouraging women in their great worth in Christ.  Out of desire to see moms reclaim their days for what is most important to them, she and her friend started Diadem Day Planners… www.diademplanners.com

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